It was a game last season when Ovechkin scored his 35th goal against NJ Devils. Scott Clemmenson was playing against Ovechkin for the first time in his career. Here's an excerpt from his post-game interview on February 25, 2007:
Scott Clemmensen: He used defenseman Paul Martin as a screen and fired a wrist shot. The puck hit me right in the head and went in. (Shows the his goalie mask) It bent the wiring here in the the cage and went in.
Q.: Pretty good wrist shot, eh?
Scott Clemmensen: Oh gee, I bet... I have been hit in the mask a lot, but never like this. When it hits the wiring, the wiring bents and takes the velocity out of it. I couldn't believe it went in after that.
Now fast forward to November 15, 2008...
by Rich Chere/The Star-Ledger, Nov. 15, 2008 "Clemmensen's mask takes beating from Ovechkin in Devils' 6-5 victory over Capitals":
Scott Clemmensen was joking, but the Devils' goalie would like to send Capitals sniper Alex Ovechkin a bill for a new mask.
It was Ovechkin who dented Clemmensen's mask with a shot on Feb. 25, 2007, in Washington. He scored the tying goal in that game, which Clemmensen and the Devils eventually won.
Saturday night, Ovechkin did it again.
"In the first period, Ovechkin's wrist shot dented my mask," Clemmensen said. "Again. He's costing this team money. We'll send him a bill. His wrist shot is as hard as some guys' slap shots."
Believe it or not, but for Scott it's a prove that 'what doesn't kill you makes you stronger'. Clemmenson claims that since that first encounter when Ovechkin's wrister dented his mask, he has Ovechkin's number. And although it's true that Ovechkin scored on Scott twice, both goals were not best-known Ovechkin's wristers, one was a deflection, another one was scoring on wide opened side after Backstrom's pass... And then Scott stopped Ovechkin in a shootout...
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